Code Enforcement Officer


The Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Town of Westport Island's Land Use Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other relevant local ordinances as well as certain State statutes and building codes.  The CEO also assists current and prospective landowners, developers, and businesses with the local permitting process and site design review.

Permits are needed for new home construction, modular homes, new and re-located mobile homes, in-ground pools, communication towers, sheds, garages, decks and other additions to the above ground structure. A permit is not needed for normal maintenance and repairs of existing permitted structures.

Certain activities within 250 feet of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and wetlands require Shoreland Zoning permitting from the Town. These include building projects, additions, new accessory structures, normal building maintenance and repairs, road construction, earth moving activities of greater than ten cubic yards, temporary and permanent docks, campgrounds, and other related activities. Depending upon circumstances, you may have to be heard by the Planning Board.

What the Code Enforcement Officer Does

  • Reviews and approves building permit applications
  • Investigates possible violations of the town’s Building, Land Use and Shoreland Zoning ordinances
  • Issues Building Permits
  • Works with the Planning Board when a project requires review
  • Rejects work, finished projects, or materials which do not comply with state rules and outlines the changes necessary to obtain compliance in collaboration with the Board of Selectmen
  • Keeps an accurate account of all fees collected and transfers those fees to the municipal treasurer
  • Keeps a complete record of all essential transactions (permits, photos, etc.) at the Town Office

Building Permit Application and Fees

See Westport Island’s Town Ordinances and the Town’s Building Permit Instructions and Fee Schedule with supporting forms below.

Application for a Building Permit

Building Permit Instructions and Fee Schedule

Excerpt from the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance

Soil Erosion Sedimentation Control Plan

Application for a Pier Permit

Well Data Results Form

Underground Propane Storage Tank Data Form

Contact us

Whether you have a question about whether a permit is needed, how to complete an application or need to schedule a site review, call the CEO.